The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOHA) was created in 1991 by the Texas Legislature as a neutral, independent forum where Texas agencies, licensing boards, other governmental entities, and private citizens can resolve legal disputes. SOAH is to conduct fair and objective administrative hearings and provide timely and efficient decisions.
If you are defending your professional license against an attack by a Texas state licensing board, your case may require a SOAH hearing. While many complaints are resolved in an informal settlement process or through negotiations, some cases require adjudication before SOAH.
What Is an Administrative Hearing?
An administrative hearing before SOAH is conducted similarly to how a courtroom trial operates. At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to present your defense, produce evidence, and question witnesses.
The hearing is conducted independently from the licensing board or agency who referred the case to SOAH. As noted above, SOAH is to conduct fair and objective administrative hearings. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will conduct the hearing.
What is An Administrative Law Judge?
An ALJ is a neutral presiding officer who will conduct the hearing, review the evidence presented, and listen to the arguments of the parties. Generally, after the hearing the ALJ will write a recommendation for the licensing board that is investigating you. The licensing board will ultimately decide your case and any sanctions against you. In some cases, however, the ALJ may issue a final decision.
Can I Have an Attorney Represent Me At SOAH Proceedings?
Yes, you have the right to representation at any SOAH proceeding, and a right to representation during the entire complaint process. A license defense attorney can help you protect your rights, navigate the legal process, and mount a strong defense.
Hire the Experienced License Defense Attorneys of BERTOLINO LLP
If you have been notified of a complaint filed against you with a licensing board, agency, or commission in Texas, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We are experienced license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate the complaint process against any professional, medical, or vocational license. We are prepared to represent you at any legal hearing or proceeding regarding your license, including
- Temporary Suspension Hearings
- Informal Settlement Conferences (ISC)
- Show Compliance Proceedings
- State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) Proceedings
With years of combined license defense experience and knowledge, our attorneys thoroughly understand state and federal laws and how they apply to each case. We use this information to custom design the best possible defense for each client we represent. Our tailor-made approach means we will not treat you like a number. Your case matters here.
BERTOLINO LLP represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. If you are facing disciplinary action from a professional licensing board, contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.